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BRIGHT FUTURE: Sustainability strategy officer Deborah Taylor, mayor Graeme Hanger and Bathurst Visitor Information Centre manager Dan Cove.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Sustainability strategy officer Deborah Taylor, mayor Graeme Hanger and Bathurst Visitor Information Centre manager Dan Cove.

Day for the dads at the motor racing museum

THIS Sunday is Father’s Day and the National Motor Racing Museum will celebrate with free entry to the museum for all dads.

There’s plenty of fun for the whole family to be had with rides in replica cars, a sausage sizzle, car/bike and other displays.

The occasion will also mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the museum by the Bathurst Light Car Club in 1988. 

Free entry will also be provided to anyone born in 1988.

Visit www.nmrm.com.au for more information.

Ohkuma visit

BATHURST has an ongoing sister city relationship with Ohkuma in Japan. It has been customary for a community delegation, led by a council representative, to visit Ohkuma every second year.

The ongoing visits between Bathurst and Ohkuma reinforce the strength and importance of the relationship between both communities.

Our cities have enjoyed a friendship for 28 years.

This year a delegation will travel to Japan from November 3 to 9.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from members of our community who are interested in joining the delegation (at own cost).

To register your interest, please call 6333 6111.

Solar panels

A 35kw solar system was recently installed at the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre (BVIC).

This is quite a milestone as this is the first council facility to have a solar system which includes a battery storage system.  

The additional system will further reduce the impact on our environment as well as decrease the cost of electricity for the facility by approximately $12,000 per annum based on current electricity rates.

Mayor Graeme Hanger

Book it in: it’s a record investment for libraries

OUR wonderful public libraries in NSW will be able to expand their collections, carry out major upgrade work and extend their services thanks to a record $60 million investment from the NSW Government.

The funding will transform and modernise libraries, especially ours in regional areas, delivering key services and educational cultural experiences across the entire state.

The money will be used to extend operating hours, expand book collections, deliver English lessons, provide HSC study help and classes, and help develop outreach programs for seniors.

I’m very excited about what this means for our smaller, more remote libraries.

It will give them an instant financial injection to help expand and deliver their cherished mobile library services, among other initiatives.

I’m passionate about public libraries in this electorate, and this historic investment will absolutely transform the way they deliver much-needed services, ultimately enhancing customer experience and convenience for their communities.

There will be some 370 libraries across NSW which will benefit from this investment.

Councils will also receive an increase in annual library subsidy funding between 40 and 50 per cent by 2022-23.

This significant investment demonstrates that our Government really cares about these important, invaluable community hubs.

The funding will also support the roll-out of more Service NSW self-serve kiosks at public libraries, allowing community members to submit necessary documents and applications efficiently, in even more convenient locations.

Under the new investment, the subsidy for public libraries will increase from $1.85 per capita to $2.85 per capita.

It’s the first time it has been increased in more than 20 years.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole